Hello Sweet Cheer: How amazing is our Savior?!


How amazing is our Savior?!

Well hey bloggie friends!

     I hope this Christmas Eve Eve finds you & yours in good spirits, enjoying whatever this season brings at your house!

     I have loved the family time & relaxation I’ve had in the past few days!  I’ve even enjoyed the hustle & bustle of shopping & wrapping a ton of gifts!  This is one of the first years I’ve had the means to really do all of the shopping for my friends & family.  Over the past few years I’ve bought a few gifts with some help from my mom on the rest.  It feels really good to put thought, time, effort & my own money into things I get to give to the one’s I love!!

Anyway, I want to talk about Christmas.  Surprising, right?

     Something I’ve been thinking about over the past four hours is how INCREDIBLY thankful I am for Jesus.  I’ve just been realizing & pondering how inadequate I am & how eternally grateful I am for who Jesus is & what He did for us!  I am constantly screwing up; saying things I shouldn’t say, acting in ways I shouldn’t act, thinking things that are completely selfish, & trust me the list goes on.  I can’t imagine living my life without knowing the unending grace the Lord has for us in our endless failures.  That’s all possible because of Christ’s death on the cross, which is possible by God’s UNBELIEVABLE incarnation.  I am blown away by that incredible truth.

     Christmas in America can get the best of us sometimes.  I think this whole season can get the best of us a lot of the time.  We are focused on getting the next best gadget & our children just want the next best toy.  We strive to have the best light display on the street, the best tasting turkey on Christmas day, bake the best treats but not eat them so as to keep our figures, & again the list goes on & on.  I don’t want this to be that typical thing you hear at Christmas about remembering that it’s about Christ’s birth.  I want this to be something that you read & have to spend a few moments processing because you’re realizing the great DEPTH of our Savior’s love for us.  Just ponder for a moment the fact that the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE came to this fallen world & lived 33 years facing all that we face & more.  He BECAME HUMAN for us.  He came here to reconcile us back to the Father.  I hope that rocks your world.

     It’s easy to sing songs like Away in a Manger & Silent Night without really thinking about what Christ did for us.  Yes He died on the cross to save us from sin & death, I think we talk about that a lot.  We could definitely stand to hear it more, but as Christians we really understand what He did for us by taking on sin & dying a brutal death.  Something I think we so often overlook is how amazing it is that He even came here & took on FLESH for us.  The perfect & spotless Lamb of God came here to this Earth & lived among the dirtiest.  He hung out in the trenches & loved on the broken.  He did something that is almost impossible to understand.  Let that sink in.  Hopefully it will be something that is in the forefront of your mind over the next two days.

     Yesterday I hung out with my sweet sister Callie, her husband Justin, & their niece & nephew Gavin & Serenity (who I blogged about on Friday)!  They are too cute!  We took them & our dog Zoey to the park.  It was such a fun day!

     Then last night just Callie & I went to a movie!  It was a lot of fun!  We saw Silver Linings Playbook, it was pretty good!  It's the one with Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence.  I loved it!

     When we got home we got in the hottub with my brother-in-law.  Today I slept in, spent the morning with Callie & Justin, watched the Cowboys game (huge bummer- we lost in OT), & then went to see Christmas lights with my family & the Paynes!  It was a full day & now we’re all watching Elf!!  It has been an awesome few days with everyone home.  My other sister, Rachel & her husband will get here on Tuesday morning after they do Christmas with the Lott side.  Then Callie & Justin have to leave Tuesday afternoon because of work on Wednesday :/  That’s definitely a bummer, but I’m glad to have them here for the time they do have off!!

Merry Christmas & Happy Sunday!  Love to all!

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